Friday Night
Fun Dinners

Written by Pamm Clark

Ahhh, Friday night. We made it through another week, Praise God! Now, most of the time we don't have the money and we're all too tired to go out to eat. None of us want to cook. What are we going to do?

First of all, I stop by the library and check out a couple of DVDs for the evening's entertainment. As for dinner, here are some super easy meals I have come up with. We don't eat these items every day, so these are treats to my family.

Take & Bake Pizza

Our local grocery store offers Friday Night Take-N-Bake Pizzas for $5 each! I usually buy 2 cheese pizzas, then put the toppings we like on them, then bake them. Add a bag salad and you have yummy meal.

Chicken Sandwiches

I buy a box of frozen breaded chicken patties. I oven bake them, put them on a hamburger bun, add BBQ sauce, cheese and lettuce. YUM! Add a fruit salad.

Sub Sandwiches

Buy a few types of sliced deli meats and cheeses (whatever is on sale). Pick up some sub rolls and bag lettuce. Let everyone make their own sub. Add sliced melon for a yummy treat.

Party-Style Leftovers

Search your fridge for leftovers from the previous week. Heat each up. Put out on the counter, buffet style and let everyone choose what they would like. Add a salad.

Layered Taco Pie

In a pie plate, layer:
Tortilla Chips
Refried Beans
Grated Cheddar Cheese

You can add some ground or shredded beef, if it's handy. Heat in the oven until the cheese is melted. Provide shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes.

Baked Potato Bar

Bake potatoes. Look in your fridge and pantry to see what you have then set up a bar and let everyone top their own:

Grated Cheese
Cooked Ground Meat
Chopped Onions
Sour Cream

Salad Bar

Buy bag salad. Set out toppings like a salad bar:

Grated Cheese
Hard Boiled Eggs
Diced Ham
Sliced Chicken Patties
Diced Tomatoes
Grated Carrots
Sliced Cucumbers
Chow Mein Noodles
Salad Dressings

Serve with garlic bread.

Cheezy Bread

Slice a loaf of French bread in half length-wise. Butter, sprinkle with garlic salt, top with grated cheese. Broil until cheese is melted and it toasts.

Serve with a side of spaghetti sauce for dipping and a green salad.

Hot Pastrami

Fry Budding-type (thin) pastrami in a little butter until heated through. Serve on hamburger buns with mayo, cheese, etc. Add a side of pickles and a green or fruit salad.

Buy my cookbook Cooking Leftovers On Purpose!

I have other easy meal ideas on these pages: Got Leftovers?, Crockpot Recipes, and In A Pinch Meals and Snacks. If you're interested in cooking ahead, check out Once-A-Month Cooking.

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